Luis Suarez produces brilliant Barcelona assist against Espanyol

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez reminded Liverpool fans what they are missing after producing a brilliant lobbed assist for Gerard Pique in last night's Catalan Super Cup victory against Espanyol.

The Uruguay international is still searching for his first goal for the club since joining in a £65 million deal during the summer, but made his first notable contribution with this exquisite piece of skill in the penalty box, putting the ball on a plate for his team-mate.

Pique couldn't miss from only a few yards out, after Suarez had twisted and turned before delivering a delicate chip onto the defender's head, giving Luis Enrique's side a valuable lead in Girona.

The opening goal came with just 15 minutes on the clock, and put the much-changed Barcelona side in a comfortable position. They dominated for long periods against Espanyol, but were unable to score a second, and were eventually pegged back by Anaitz Arbilla's stunning free-kick early in the second half.

It meant that Barcelona had to rely on a penalty shootout, but eventually ran out 4-2 winners - with Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakitic netting the decisive spot-kick - to claim their first trophy of the 2014/15 campaign.

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After Saturday's humiliating 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid in El Clasico, last night's performance represented the perfect response to their La Liga setback, winning the Catalan Super Cup for the first time in its new one-off match format.

Traditionally, the competition has a long history of knockout football involving some of the smaller sides in Catalonia, but due to fixture congestion this season it was converted into a single showpiece final between the two Primera Division sides.

Suarez is still waiting for his first Barcelona goal

Suarez should've actually opened his goalscoring account for Barcelona in the opening minutes of last night's game - just prior to his sensational assist - but his close-range header was too weak to seriously trouble opposition goalkeeper Pau Lopez, after neat work by Sergi Roberto.

But, given Barca's array of attacking talent, the former Liverpool man - who was left off the 23-man shortlist for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or - is likely to be presented with a number of other chances to get off the mark, starting with this weekend's Liga clash against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Watch Luis Suarez's brilliant lobbed assist for Barcelona against Espanyol in the Catalan Super Cup HERE! + leave a prediction in the comment box when you think his first goal will arrive...

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